Sports Columns

Little League needs to learn something

Playing Little League is a learning experience. Whether they play baseball or softball, kids learn the fundamentals of the game along with the importance of hard work, teamwork and sportsmanship. The Atlee, Virginia, Junior League softball team got a harsh lesson about that last part of it ...

Time to give Bartman some space

After almost 14 years of being a scapegoat, Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman might finally have some peace. Earlier this week, the Cubs reached out to Bartman, who has tried to stay out of the public eye, and gave him a 2016 World Series Championship ring. It was a good public relations ...

Is boxing important anymore?

Boxing has officially face-planted in the ring. It has managed to both “jump the shark” and “nuke the fridge” at the same time. It has reached pure absurdity and considering its long history as a sport, that’s saying something. In about a month, one of the best and most ...

Stop with blaming the millennials

Millennials have become America’s punching bag. Whenever something bad happens or goes away, my generation is always somehow to blame. So far, we’ve been accused of destroying the wine industry, the diamond industry, napkin companies, breakfast cereals, bars of soap, gymnasiums, grocery ...

Detroit Tigers’ fire sale ready to commence

From the sounds of Detroit Tigers commentators in recent days, and then the team pulling off a trade of former All-Star J.D. Martinez on Tuesday night, the Tigers seem ready to hold a fire sale — trading its aging stars for young prospects. Thank goodness. Not that I’m thrilled that ...

Don’t criticize Calvin Johnson

I don’t blame Calvin Johnson. He’s been asked why he retired from the NFL a few times and a year ago, he simply said that he was “fed up” with football and was tired of dealing with the physical grind of the game. Now, he recently came out and said that what many of us had suspected ...

Whose fans are the worst?

We all have a team we love to despise. It can be your favorite squad’s archrival, a fellow conference foe or just one that for some reason rubs you the wrong way. For some of us, the source of that annoyance comes simply from that team’s fans, who can range from slightly irksome to ...

Don’t blame the Warriors

Imagine for a minute that your team and your teammates just won a championship. You celebrate loudly, maybe have a few drinks and ride around on a truck during a massive parade. You’re probably still on a massive high a few days after the hoopla ends, but then you get the ...

It’s time to recognize greatness

LeBron James is the best basketball player ever and it’s time we realized it. There has been a debate over who deserves this honor for years and it seems like everyone around the sport has an opinion on it, whether it be analysts, fans or even former players. People just slightly ...

Which are the best teams in Michigan and Wisconsin?

Every season, no matter what the sport, teams from different historical eras are compared to each other. Could this one beat the other one? Which one had the better quarterback? Who had the better starting rotation? Who had the better goaltender? Sometimes these comparisons can be ...

Baseball remains stuck in the past

Baseball has always been dubbed America’s pastime, but it’s hard to find a sport that is so attached to the “past” part of that label. Earlier this week in San Francisco, a game between the host Giants and the Washington Nationals erupted into a bench-clearing brawl after Nats star ...

Is hockey surpassing basketball?

It’s almost June and summer will soon be upon us officially, even here in the Upper Peninsula. When we think of summer sports, the first ones that come to mind are obviously basketball and ice hockey. Sorry, that’s tongue-in-cheek, of course. Yes, the Stanley Cup Finals are finally ...

Time to end the stigma

When you see a quarterback throw a last-second touchdown pass to win a playoff game, you may see a bright smile on his face as he high-fives his teammates and leaps into the air to celebrate. However when he goes home that night, he sits in the dark alone in his apartment wondering why he ...

‘What if?’ the (mostly) Michigan version

What if?” is a question that is asked a lot in life, especially when it comes to sports. What if my team had run the ball instead of passing? What if they had tried to draw a foul instead of throwing up a long 3-pointer? Why did they trade that guy? Why did they keep that guy? These are the ...

Junior Gold, Rose shine

One final Junior Gold tournament is coming up on Saturday, and organizers hope to draw at least a few more bowlers from the area and/or other places in the Upper Peninsula to allow multiple bowlers to qualify for the national finals in Cleveland in July. This Junior Gold event will be held at ...

Boston showing its true colors

For the majority of this week, Boston has lived up to its split personality. The city is seen by many as a bastion of education and tolerance and for the most part, it is. It has lots of quality universities and was one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriage, so on the surface, ...

Potulny always a winner in Minnesota

Being a sports fan in Minnesota hasn’t been easy. While growing up in Minneapolis, going to a sporting event brought forth mixed emotions for me and for other fans in the Twin Cities. Sure, there was the fun of going out with your family or friends and watching the sports that you love. ...

It’s time to retire Chief Wahoo

Respect can be a tricky term at times in sports. It may seem pretty straightforward, but when it comes to team logos, fans seem to have different definitions.  Those contrasting ideas were definitely on display at the Cleveland Indians home opener on April 10 when some protested the ...

Larson big winner in association

Before I get to the Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress Open Association tournament results, let me remind you that the PBA is back on ESPN. If you didn’t know it, you missed a show on Sunday, but you can still catch six more 1 p.m. Sunday telecasts from now through mid-May and also the ...

Spartans finally get it right

The college hockey coaching carousel continues to go round and round this offseason as schools try to decide who will be their bench boss for the next few years. Northern Michigan University is one of those schools, but the Wildcats are still trying to figure out who their leader will be, ...